The bohor reedbuck prefers moist swamplands, grasslands, and woodlands of Sub-Saharan Africa. Only the males have horns that measure up to 16+ inches long. These antelopes are graceful and abundant. Although they do face the threats of habitat destruction, hunting, trapping, and climate change (which is affecting the amount of available water). They number an estimated 101,000, but their numbers are decreasing. The IUCN lists these critters as Least Concern.
First the Stats…
Scientific name: Redunca redunca
Weight: Up to 130 lbs.
Length: Up to 4.9 feet
Height: Up to 3 feet
Lifespan: Up to 10 years
Now on to the Facts!
1.) Their sebaceous glands constantly secrete an oily substance that makes their coat look greasy and this oil has a strong smell to it.
2.) They are cathemeral (active day and night).
3.) Bohor reedbucks form herds of up to 10 individuals.
4.) These reedbucks gather in bachelor herds (comprised of only males), spinster herds (comprised of females and their offspring), and mixed herds (comprised of an alpha bull, several females, and their young).
5.) When threatened, these critters will remain still, unless danger is close. Then they will swiftly retreat, while emitting a shrill whistle – to alert others of the threat.
But wait, there’s more on the bohor reedbuck!
6.) A group of reedbucks is called a cluster, herd, or tribe.
7.) The bohor reedbuck is a herbivore that grazes on various grasses, reed shoots, wheat, and cereals.
Did you know…?
They can run at speeds of up to 50 mph!
8.) Females birth a single calf, after up to a 7.5 month gestation (pregnancy).
9.) In 1767, German zoologist and botanist Peter Simon Pallas described the bohor reedbuck.
10.) These reedbucks are often times seen grazing with hartebeest, kobs, puku, and topi.
11.) Lions, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, Cape hunting dogs, pythons, and crocodiles all prey on these reedbucks. Humans also hunt them.
Now a Short Bohor Reedbuck Video!
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